Apr
13
Sat
Free Poetry Writing Class for Teens: Poems That Tell Stories @ Queens Library at Jackson Heights
Apr 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Free Poetry Writing Class for Teens: Poems That Tell Stories @ Queens Library at Jackson Heights | New York | United States

Attention Queens parents, teachers, and kids: free creative writing classes available again at Queens Library!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the writing of prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes for kids and teens.

The next class is Saturday, April 13th at 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. at Queens Library at Jackson Heights, located at 35-51 81st St for teens ages 13 through 17:

“Poems That Tell Stories”

Some of the greatest poems we read growing up, simply put, are stories. But to understand them, we have to understand the past. In this class we will focus on reading and writing poems that tell our stories and the history we are making. We will practice and write poems with themes of migration, class, race, and family.

Belal Mobarak was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and raised in Queens. He is a poet, artist, and the son of a great storyteller. His work can be found in Columbia Poetry Review, Newtown Literary, Blueshift Journal, Flock, Apogee, HEArt, and others.

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, visit newtownliterary.org/writingclassesforkids.

Apr
14
Sun
Found In Translation – Home and Away in Chinese Poetry @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Apr 14 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Found In Translation - Home and Away in Chinese Poetry @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

Join researcher and translators Eleanor Goodman and Chloe Garcia Roberts in discussing translated Chinese traditional and contemporary poems in connection to the themes of Home and Migration.

Eleanor Goodman is a Research Associate at the Harvard University Fairbank Center, and spent a year at Peking University on a Fulbright Fellowship. She has been an artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome and was awarded a Henry Luce Translation Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center. Her first book of translations, Something Crosses My Mind: Selected Poems of Wang Xiaoni (Zephyr Press, 2014) was the recipient of a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Grant and winner of the 2015 Lucien Stryk Prize. The book was also shortlisted for the International Griffin Prize. Her anthology Iron Moon, a translation of Chinese worker’s poetry (White Pine Press), was released in the spring of 2017, and was longlisted for the Best Translated Book Award of 2018. She is also the translator of The Roots of Wisdom: Poems by Zang Di (Zephyr, 2017) and Days When I Hide My Corpse in a Cardboard Box: Poems of Natalia Chan (Zephyr, 2018). Her first poetry book, Nine Dragon Island (Enclave/Zephyr, 2016), was a finalist for the Drunken Boat First Book Prize.

Chloe Garcia Roberts is also the translator of Li Shangyin’s Derangements of My Contemporaries: Miscellaneous Notes (New Directions), which was awarded a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant, as well as Cao Wenxuan’s children’s book, Feather (Archipelago Books/Elsewhere Editions), which was selected as a 2018 Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY), and editor and contributing translator of the collected poems of Li Shangyin published in the NYRB Poets series. She is also the author of a book of poetry The Reveal (Noemi Press). Her translations have appeared in the publications BOMB, Boston Review and a A Public Space among others. She lives in Boston and is managing editor at Harvard Review.

Found In Translation is a series of three public events co-curated by Richard Newman in March-May 2019 at the Lewis Latimer House Museum (LLHM) that explores humanities topics and cultural themes of the Spanish, Chinese, and Korean communities and their diasporas. It brings published translators working in the three most common non-English languages spoken in Flushing, Queens to lead readings and discussions with the public. The translators and facilitator will use the selected books to connect to history or current affairs where those languages are spoken and engage the audience in conversations. Topics that the selected works will touch on include “home”, “migration”, and “gentrification”.

Sponsored by a Humanities New York Action Grant. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

May
4
Sat
Free Poetry Writing Class: The Busy Metaphor @ Queens Library at Sunnyside
May 4 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Free Poetry Writing Class: The Busy Metaphor @ Queens Library at Sunnyside | New York | United States

Attention Queens writers—both experienced and new-to-writing: free creative writing classes taught by the best in Queens!

Newtown Literary Alliance, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting prose and poetry in Queens, in partnership with Queens Library, is offering free creative writing classes.

The next class will be led by Jared Harél on Saturday, May 4th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Queens Library in Sunnyside at 43-06 Greenpoint Ave:

“The Busy Metaphor”

As writers, our job is to articulate the world around us. To find new, surprising, and more precise ways to describe what it means to be alive. Meaty, inventive metaphors are an essential part of this articulation. It is also part of what makes writing so fun! In this workshop, we will both analyze poems and generate new poems. We will seize upon the objects that fill our days and begin the process of putting them to work.

Jared Harél is the author of Go Because I Love You (Diode Editions, 2018) and The Body Double (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012).

This program is made possible, in part, with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, as well as with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For more information, please visit newtownliterary.org/writingclasses.

Jun
9
Sun
Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

The QCA’s Artist Peer Circle presents Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose cultivated in New York’s most vibrant and diverse borough.

Readers:
René Georg Vasicek, the son of Czech defectors, was born in Austria in 1969. He grew up in the pine barrens of eastern Long Island and has lived in New York City since ’95. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Bellevue Literary Revue, Gargoyle, Mid-American Review, Nowhere, Post Road, Uncanny Valley, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded an NEA fellowship. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and two sons.

Adepeju Adeyemo is a Lagos-born, New York-based writer and storyteller. She has presented her work in readings and productions across New York City, including staging her play ROBBED at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre and performing her HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME poetry collection at the Boundless Tales Reading Series. She is a member of the Queens Council on the Arts 2018 Literary Artist Peer Circle and Room to Write Writers Collective, and she leads the Write On Writers Workshop (WOWW!) in partnership with the New York Writers Coalition and Queens Library. Adepeju uses her writing to bring awareness to the issues that concern her. Her work, which celebrates content that advances underserved and underrepresented voices, meets at the intersection of the female, Yoruba, Nigerian, African and Black experience. And, she continues to evolve as a creative.

Minerva Martinez is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School. Minerva worked in the world of championship boxing for almost a decade and is presently working on a collection of short stories about the sweet science. Her work has appeared in The Newtown Literary Journal, Evergreen Review, and W42ST.

Jackie Sherbow is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sierra Nevada Review, Gold Wake Live, Coffin Bell, Luna Luna, Bad Pony, Day One, and elsewhere, and have been part of the Emotive Fruition performance series. She works as an editor for two leading mystery-fiction magazines as well as Newtown Literary, the literary journal dedicated to the borough of Queens.

Host Malcolm Chang was born and raised in South African and now lives in New York. He is the President of the Board of Directors of The Newtown Literary Alliance. His writing has appeared in Gravel and the Newtown Literary Journal. His story “The Cruelty of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has read at LineBreak, Queens Writers Resist, First Tuesdays, and other venues in New York. He is currently working on a novel based on the 1966 assassination of the South African Prime Minister. He is also writing a memoir about his experience growing up Chinese during the Apartheid-era South Africa, with all of the confusion and conflict that it entailed.

Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose @ Lewis Latimer House Museum
Jun 9 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose @ Lewis Latimer House Museum | New York | United States

The QCA’s Artist Peer Circle presents Eclectic Dreams: Homegrown Poetry and Prose cultivated in New York’s most vibrant and diverse borough.

Readers:
René Georg Vasicek, the son of Czech defectors, was born in Austria in 1969. He grew up in the pine barrens of eastern Long Island and has lived in New York City since ’95. His writing has appeared in Barrelhouse, Bellevue Literary Revue, Gargoyle, Mid-American Review, Nowhere, Post Road, Uncanny Valley, Western Humanities Review, and elsewhere. He earned an MFA at Sarah Lawrence College and was awarded an NEA fellowship. René lives in Astoria, Queens with his wife and two sons.

Adepeju Adeyemo is a Lagos-born, New York-based writer and storyteller. She has presented her work in readings and productions across New York City, including staging her play ROBBED at the Jerry H. Labowitz Theatre and performing her HOME-AWAY-FROM-HOME poetry collection at the Boundless Tales Reading Series. She is a member of the Queens Council on the Arts 2018 Literary Artist Peer Circle and Room to Write Writers Collective, and she leads the Write On Writers Workshop (WOWW!) in partnership with the New York Writers Coalition and Queens Library. Adepeju uses her writing to bring awareness to the issues that concern her. Her work, which celebrates content that advances underserved and underrepresented voices, meets at the intersection of the female, Yoruba, Nigerian, African and Black experience. And, she continues to evolve as a creative.

Minerva Martinez is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She holds an MFA in nonfiction from The New School. Minerva worked in the world of championship boxing for almost a decade and is presently working on a collection of short stories about the sweet science. Her work has appeared in The Newtown Literary Journal, Evergreen Review, and W42ST.

Jackie Sherbow is a writer and editor living in Queens, NY. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Sierra Nevada Review, Gold Wake Live, Coffin Bell, Luna Luna, Bad Pony, Day One, and elsewhere, and have been part of the Emotive Fruition performance series. She works as an editor for two leading mystery-fiction magazines as well as Newtown Literary, the literary journal dedicated to the borough of Queens.

Host Malcolm Chang was born and raised in South African and now lives in New York. He is the President of the Board of Directors of The Newtown Literary Alliance. His writing has appeared in Gravel and the Newtown Literary Journal. His story “The Cruelty of Children” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has read at LineBreak, Queens Writers Resist, First Tuesdays, and other venues in New York. He is currently working on a novel based on the 1966 assassination of the South African Prime Minister. He is also writing a memoir about his experience growing up Chinese during the Apartheid-era South Africa, with all of the confusion and conflict that it entailed.

Jun
27
Thu
Writing Aloud with Phillip B. Williams @ Queens Library at Braodway
Jun 27 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Writing Aloud with Phillip B. Williams @ Queens Library at Braodway | New York | United States

Join us as we come together and Write Aloud. Created by NY Writers Coalition in 2003, our Writing Aloud Reading Series is a free event that unites NYWC’s community of writers and activists with prominent literary figures to share prose, poetry, and other writings in safe and inspiring places. Here’s how it works:

1. Listen and watch a performance by this June’s special guest writer, Phillip B. Williams!
2. Receive a writing prompt from our guest writer.
3. WRITE.
4. Hit the mic!–if you want to. Feel free to just sit back and listen, too!

Thursday, June 27 at 5:45 PM at Queens Library at Broadway (40-20 Broadway)

Jul
19
Fri
Flash in the Pan, a night of performances @ LoBo
Jul 19 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Flash in the Pan, a night of performances @ LoBo | New York | United States

Please join us for a night of music, dance, performance and improv!

LoBo presents its 4th exhibition, Flash in the Pan, July 19th from 7-10pm in LIC.

With this exhibition we will focus on curating time and spatial awareness through performance art and improvisational music and dance. Although we will be guiding the night, elements of chance will be encouraged. The audience will be taken on a journey through a beautiful home in Long Island City.

Please email us at LoBoGallery@gmail.com for the event location.

Aug
3
Sat
2ND ANNUAL SPIRIT OF THE CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center
Aug 3 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
2ND ANNUAL SPIRIT OF THE CARIBBEAN CELEBRATION @ Jamaica Performing Arts Center

The 2nd Annual Spirit of the Caribbean Celebration, presented in partnership with the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning (JCAL) and VP Records, will take place on Saturday, August 03, 2019, from 12:00 – 5:00pm on the front lawn of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. The event brings together the beauty, unique style, sound and aromatic spices associated with the people of the Caribbean region.

The event is being held in collaboration with several participating Consulates representing the Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Trinidad & Tobago. The family-friendly activities will include a veritable gastronomic tour of the islands, and will feature art, musical performances, dance, and poetry with performers representing many of the island countries, and the diaspora including:

Haiti
Sybelle, singer/songwriter, creator of “The Pledge of Allegiance to the Heart™ Movement”, and Founder of Dream Awake Global, LLC©. Sybelle was awarded the 2018 Young Gifted & Black Artist of the Year Award and was cited by the House of Congress for outstanding service in the community. Her acoustic guitar world sound has also led to international collaborations, and tour performances with Pras of The Fugees, commercials & jingles, along with her latest duet featuring Alan Cavé.

Zafem, a ten piece Haitian band from the local Jamaica, Queens community, will entertain with music from the Haitian diaspora.

St. Kitts & Nevis:
The Consulate is presenting a group of poet/artist who will spotlight the culture and diversity of these special islands.

Guyana:
Several performing groups including dancers and a Guyanese Drummer, will bring Guyanese culture to life.

Jamaica
Nanny Root, a well-known young dancer whose career is on the rise, will be sharing her unique interpretive, expressionist techniques and movements though dance.

Africa
Empress Petra, a South African singer bring African Reggae music to the festival, joined by and Drummer Ismalia Diarra from Burkina Faso.

Other participants representing the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Bahamas, St. Vincent, the Grenadines, Grenada, St. Lucia and Isthmus of Panama will also be on hand to celebrate and share their cultural heritage.

The event is free to the public and all are welcomed. Saturday, August 3rd starting at 12:00 Noon – 5:00pm, on the front lawn of the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 153-10 Jamaica Avenue

Sep
3
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Peter Marra @ Espresso 77
Sep 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
First Tuesdays Presents Peter Marra @ Espresso 77 | New York | United States

Originally from Gravesend Brooklyn, Peter Marra lived in the East Village, New York from 1979 to 1993 at the height of the punk – no wave music era. Peter’s writings explore alienation, addiction, the misuse of love, the curse of secrets, the pain of victimization and the impact of obsessions. He is the bastard child of the films of Roger Corman and Russ Meyer, as well as the works of the Symbolists and the retro-warhol-underground. Peter has had over 300 poems published either in print or online in over 25 journals. His published works include approximate lovers (downtown materialaktion) (Bone Orchard Press), Peep-O-Rama: Sins of the Go-Go Girls (Hammer & Anvil Books) and Vanished Faces (a performance of occult infections) published by Writing Knights Press. His latest poetry collection is Random Crucifixions: Obsessions, Dolls and Maniac Cameras (Hammer & anvil Books). 2019 will see the release of the hyper-realistic, transgressive, giallo novel, A Naked Kiss from a Broken Doll to be published by Hammer & Anvil Books.

An open mic will precede the reading. Sign up starts at 6:30.

Oct
1
Tue
First Tuesdays Presents Abeer Hoque @ Espresso 77
Oct 1 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm